Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 10/2)

Game 1: Friday, October 1
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Game 2: Saturday, October 2
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Game 3: Sunday, October 3
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Rangers 10

(88-73, 37-43 away)

Mariners 4

(63-98, 38-43 home)

    8:35 PM ET, October 2, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: K. Rogers (18-9)

    L: J. Moyer (7-13)

    Rangers spoil Edgar Martinez Day

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Michael Young stole the spotlight on Edgar Martinez Day -- in the box score, anyway.

    Edgar feels the love in Seattle
    They sure love Edgar Martinez in Seattle.

    On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners' retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle's 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.

    "I would like to thank so many people," Martinez said. "Along the way, so many people impacted my life. They helped me so much to accomplish all the things I've been able to accomplish on the field."

    Major league commissioner Bud Selig was cheered by fans who stayed after the game when he announced that baseball's award honoring the designated hitter of the year now will be called The Edgar Martinez Award.

    Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said the city will rename a stretch of Atlantic Street that borders Safeco Field. From now on, it's Edgar Martinez Drive.

    The evening opened with a video of career highlights, and then a long ovation when Martinez emerged from the clubhouse. He walked a red carpet to the infield as fireworks went off and the theme from "Superman" played.

    "We love you, my friend," broadcaster Dave Niehaus told him, leading fans in the popular singsong chant of "Eddd-gaaar! Eddd-gaaar! Eddd-gaaar!"

    Martinez -- nicknamed "Papi," a Spanish term of endearment -- sat quietly with his two children and his wife, Holli, while dignitaries, teammates and former teammates sang his praises.

    The parade included Gov. Gary Locke, Selig and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. Former teammates Norm Charlton, Jay Buhner, Mike Blowers, Dave Valle and Alvin Davis also appeared.

    The 41-year-old Martinez, considered one of the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation, is a career .312 hitter, with 309 home runs, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 1,283 walks and a career on-base percentage of .418.

    He's a seven-time All-Star and a two-time AL batting champion.

    -- Associated Press

    Young had a two-run homer and got three hits, spoiling festivities to honor Seattle's retiring designated hitter and helping the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 10-4 on Saturday night.

    Afterward, Young directed most of his comments toward Martinez.

    "We were all taken aback by the things that Edgar has accomplished," said Young, who played at DH. "He is an unbelievable player, the best right-handed hitter I've played against. The fans really gave him a show. He's given them one for the last 18 years."

    The sellout crowd of 45,817 got a special treat when Martinez started the ninth inning at third base. After one pitch, he left to a standing ovation and scattered boos when Willie Bloomquist took the field.

    It was Martinez's first appearance at third since July 2, 1997. Fans chanted "Edgar! Edgar! Edgar!" after Martinez disappeared into the dugout, then cheered wildly when he came out for a curtain call.

    Martinez didn't have a good day at the plate, going hitless with a walk in three at-bats. He grounded out three times but scored standing from second, tying it at 2-2 in the fourth on Jolbert Cabrera's RBI single.

    Seattle's clubhouse was closed during a lengthy postgame tribute to Martinez.

    Kenny Rogers (18-9), the Rangers' 39-year-old lefty, won his career-high 18th game. He was solid pitching into the sixth, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

    "Kenny just keeps competing," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "It's hard to put one guy responsible for what we did this year ... but he's a guy who we couldn't have gotten to where we are without him."

    Kevin Mench hit a solo homer in the seventh, driving a 3-2 pitch from reliever Masao Kida over the wall in left-center field to put Texas up 10-3.

    The Rangers won their 88th game, matching the team's 1998 total for the fourth-highest in club history. Texas had 16 hits, marking just the fifth time in 16 games that the Rangers had at least 10.

    Jamie Moyer (7-13) pitched five innings for Seattle, allowing six runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Moyer, a 21-game winner last season, hasn't lost this many since going 9-15 for the Chicago Cubs in 1988.

    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was in town and "Edgar" was scratched across the top of the infield. Martinez got big ovations every time he batted, and the crowd rose when he took the field in the ninth.

    Early on, fans seemed poised for a second straight night of fun at Safeco Field.

    On Friday, Ichiro Suzuki broke George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season. Suzuki boosted his total to 260 hits with a fifth-inning single, going 1-for-5. He leads the majors with a .371 average.

    Young drove in four runs on three hits. He trails Suzuki by a wide margin, but Young's 215 hits rank second in the AL and are the most in Rangers history. He's hit safely in 14 of the last 18 games.

    "I can't even fathom 260 hits," Young said.

    Texas used four straight hits with two outs in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Mark Teixeira hit a two-RBI double while Young and Mench added RBI doubles, and Moyer didn't return for the sixth.

    Young added an RBI single as the Rangers extended it to 9-2 in the seventh. Rod Barajas and Manny Alexander each hit RBI doubles.

    The Rangers led 2-0 after Young's two-run homer in the fourth, the 44th homer allowed this season by Moyer. That moved the Seattle lefty into fifth place for the most in history.

    Game notes


    Sisler's relatives received a standing ovation during pregame ceremonies to recognize Suzuki's record. Selig was booed. ... Suzuki appeared to lean for a catch as he ran forward in the seventh, but Chad Allen was awarded a hit by umpire Derryl Cousins. ... Bert Blyleven allowed a major league-record 50 HRs in 1986. ... Rogers was with Texas when he set his previous high of 17 wins, in 1995. ... Cabrera and Raul Ibanez each went 3-for-4.

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